Work begins on Truc Lam Zen monastery in Dong Thap hinh anh 1Design of the 21-storey tower (Source: VNA)

Dong Thap (VNA) - Construction of a Truc Lam Zen Monastery and a tower began in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on January 21.

Locating in Go Thap national relic site in Tan Trieu Commune, Thap Muoi district, the 21-storey tower is set to be 99 metres high.

Ven. Thich Dat Ma Pho Hoa, head of the Thap Muoi Truc Lam Zen monastery said the Go Thap relic site is an important spiritual and cultural site, with a renowned 10-storey tower of Oc Eo culture.

The historical site also draws scientists, archaeologists, Buddhist followers and tourists.

Meanwhile, Doan Tan Buu, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee underlined the religious, historical and architectural value of the work.

The new monastery and tower will help preserve traditional and cultural values while developing local tourism, he said.-VNA